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This Day in Naval History – Dec. 31

1862 - USS Monitor founders in a storm off Cape Hatteras, NC. 1941 - Admiral Chester W. Nimitz assumes command of U.S. Pacific Fleet. 1942 - Commissioning of USS Essex (CV-9), first of new class of aircraft carriers, at Norfolk, VA 1948 - Last annual report by a Secretary of the Navy to Congress and the President filed by SECNAV John L. Sullivan. Thereafter the Secretary of Defense would report annually to Congress. (Source: Navy News Service)

Carrier Steam Turbine Contract Awarded

DRS Technologies, Inc. has been awarded a contract to continue to design advanced propulsion steam turbines for the U.S. Navy's next-generation CVN-78 class of aircraft carriers. The $5.6 million award was received by DRS from Dresser-Rand Company in Wellsville, New York, a unit of Ingersoll-Rand Company Limited (NYSE:IR). The design effort for this contract will be performed by the company's DRS Power Technology unit in Fitchburg, Massachusetts

HII Wins $504m Contract Modification for Gerald R. Ford

  Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) received a $504 million cost-plus-incentive-fee contract extension to continue engineering work associated with construction of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). The company's Newport News Shipbuilding division is the prime contractor. Work performed under the contract includes the continuation of design-related activities and integration and system analysis for non-propulsion plant work.

Gladding-Hearn Takes Orders For New Class of Pilot Boat

Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, The Duclos Corporation, is building a new class of pilot boats. The Virginia, Maryland, and Tampa pilots will be the first to operate the shipyard’s new Chesapeake class of 53-ft. launches. The first two boats will be delivered to the Virginia Pilot Boat Corporation and Association of Maryland Pilots next October. The Tampa Pilots’ boat and a sister ship for the Maryland pilots will be delivered in 2003.

Royal Caribbean Extends Options For Two $500 Million Vessels

Royal Caribbean said on Wednesday it has extended for 13 months options on building two $500 million ships to add to its 21-vessel fleet. The Miami-based operator of the Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity lines said in a news release that it had agreed with the Meyer Werft shipyard of Papenburg, Germany, to extend the options to July 26, 2002, on the so-called Radiance-class ships. Both options on the 2,100-passenger ships were due to expire on June 27

CWind Backs New BV Class as Second Vessel Attains Classification

CWind, a provider of services to the offshore wind industry, has announced a second of its vessels, the CWind Resolution due to be named later today in Brightlingsea, has gained the new class notation ‘Wind Farm Service Ships’ introduced by Bureau Veritas earlier this year. The CWind Resolution is only the second ever vessel to be classed under this notation to date, joining its sister vessel the CWind Challenger on the register

Supacat’s Prototype L&R System

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A new Launch and Recovery System (L&RS) developed by Supacat for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) new class of all-weather lifeboat (ALB) has undergone a two year trials program. These trials tested the system in demanding conditions and were held at Hayle, . The new L&RS design met all the requirements of the prototype specification and exceeded expectations during the trials; lifeboat crew feedback is now being used by the RNLI and Supacat to refine the

Lockheed to Commence Construction of LCS

The U.S. Navy awarded a Lockheed Martin-led team $188.2 million to commence detail design and construction of the first Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), a revolutionary new class of naval combatant designed to dominate the world’s coastal waters. The option was exercised under the LCS final system design contract, awarded to the Lockheed Martin team in May 2004. The Lockheed Martin team will begin construction of the lead ship at Marinette Marine in Marinette, WI

Northrop Grumman Turbine Generators Selected for USN ORP

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Northrop Grumman selected to provide turbine generator units for U.S. Navy's Ohio Replacement Submarine Program Northrop Grumman Corporation announced it has been awarded a contract by shipbuilder General Dynamics Electric Boat to complete detailed design and subsequent manufacturing, assembly, qualification and delivery of the first turbine generator units for the Ohio Replacement Program (ORP), the U.S. Navy's next-generation ballistic nuclear submarine.

Glasgow Shipyard Inaugurates Its Saving Grace

Glasgow Shipyard Inaugurates Its Saving Grace Glasgow's Govan shipyard celebrated a welcome but rare sight on Friday as a new ship slipped into the dark waters of the Clyde - the first since the once-mighty yard's shaky future was guaranteed last year. The 643 ft. (196-m) Wave Ruler, the second of a new class of oilers for Britain's Royal Fleet Auxiliary, will be used primarily to provide Royal Navy and NATO ships with fuel and fresh water at sea.

Texas Orders Diesel-electric Ferry

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Southwest Shipyard awarded contract to build new generation of EBDG-designed ferries for Port Aransas, Texas   Southwest Shipyard of Houston, partner of Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), has been selected by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to build the third vessel in a new

RINA Launches New Services for Yacht

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Press release - Italy-based classification society RINA has launched a series of new services and standards aimed at helping the growing global yacht industry to grow efficiencies and reduce its environmental footprint. The five new services being rolled out in the last quarter of 2015 are a

Pettit Paint Debuts Antifouling Line for Yachts

  Pettit Marine Paint, leading manufacturer of high performance marine coatings, announced today the release of the all-new superyacht antifouling system, the Pettit XL line. Consisting of the top-selling antifouling products in Pettit’s line

Austal Delivers for USN

USS Jackson (LCS 6).

Austal’s U.S. operation consists of more than 4,000 employees supporting the design, construction and sustainment of two U.S. Navy programs, the 127-meter, trimaran Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and the 103-meter, catamaran high-speed troop and equipment transport known as

Keel Laying for Aircraft Carrier John F. Kennedy

For the keel laying ceremony

  The Navy will lay the keel for the second Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 10 a.m. John F. Kennedy, designated CVN 79, is the second aircraft carrier to honor President John F

DNV GL: New Class Notation for Gas Bunkering

DNV GL has developed a new class notation for gas bunker vessels that targets safer fuel transfer operations from one ship to another. Until now, the development of standards guiding gas fuel transfer operations in ports has lagged behind, as the maritime industry focussed on developing

Teekay Acquires 12 Suezmax Tankers

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Teekay Tankers Ltd. announced it has agreed to acquire a fleet of 12 modern Suezmax tankers currently owned by Principal Maritime Tankers, a portfolio company of funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC, for an aggregate purchase price of $662 million.  

Thordon Bearings Secures AK Ferry Contract

A Thordon COMPAC water lubricated propeller shaft bearing (image: Thordon)

Thordon Bearings has received an order to supply its COMPAC system to two Alaska Ferry newbuilds under construction at the Vigor Industrial shipyard in Ketchikan, Alaska. The Canada-based company, a supplier of seawater-lubricated propeller shaft bearings

LR, Penn Oak Energy Partner for LNG Retrofit Service

Lloyd’s Register North America, Inc. (LR) has teamed with Penn Oak Energy Corp to help companies raise capital and mitigate the technical risks associated with retrofitting ships fuelled by liquid natural gas (LNG), by providing a one-stop-shop solution to the industry.

Incat Crowther Designs New Ferries for Singapore

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A new class of 33-meter catamaran passenger ferries has been designed by Incat Crowther for Majestic Ferries in Singapore, to operate between Singapore and Batam. With four of the vessels already under construction at PT Cahaya Samudra Shipyard in Indonesia, the design targets increased speed

AVEVA, DNV GL's Sesam Integration Cuts Cost

  Integration of Aveva and DNV GL's Sesam Reduces Costs in Maritime and Offshore Engineering. Engineers designing ship hulls and offshore floaters can now save time and money in the early design phase due to a breakthrough allowing transfer of 3D models from AVEVA Marine to Sesam GeniE

UASC Behemoth Calls at Felixtowe

18,800 teu Barzan, has made its maiden call at the Port of Felixstowe

  United Arab Shipping Company's (UASC) newest vessel, the 18,800 teu Barzan, has made its maiden call at the Port of Felixstowe, the Port of Britain. The biggest container ship in the UASC fleet, the mega-ship arrived at the UK's largest container port from Port Kelang in Malaysia

Navios to Sell Two VLCCs

Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation, an owner and operator of tanker vessels, has announced  that it has agreed to sell the C. Dream, a 2000-built VLCC of 298,570 dwt, and the Nave Celeste, a 2003-built VLCC of 298,717 dwt, to Navios Maritime Midstream Partners L.P

Thordon Bearings Bags Alaska Ferry Contract

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Thordon Bearings has received an order to supply its COMPAC system to two Alaska Ferry newbuilds under construction at the Vigor Industrial shipyard in Ketchikan, Alaska. The Canada-based company, a supplier of seawater-lubricated propeller shaft bearings

New Ship Continues Atlantic Offshore's Fleet Modernization

Ocean Falcon, the latest vessel to be launched as part of Atlantic Offshore Rescue’s fleet modernization program (Photo: Atlantic Offshore)

Atlantic Offshore Rescue will unveil the third new vessel in the past 12 months as part of its fleet modernization program, representing an investment totaling $458 million.    Ocean Falcon, a new Class A Multi Role and Emergency Response and Rescue (MRV/ERRV) vessel

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